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by bcass at 1:51 PM EST on November 12, 2010
Cheers, much appreciated.
by Dais! at 4:47 AM EST on November 13, 2010
Once again asking for the help of others...

I've been curious about the music for the obscure Square-Enix PS2 title "Heavy Metal Thunder", as an album exists (TOCT-25765) but I've always suspected it was incomplete. I've apparently been proven right after peering into an archive from the game disc via hex editor:



http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UGZ6GM6U

The game's 290mb _BGM.FAR file, seemingly containing several dozen files labeled with the format of BGMxx_xx.MVB

Unfortunately, I have no clue about the nature of this "FARC" file or the "MVB" files within it. I've recently learned a (very) little about using hex editing programs to peek into files and look for the markers indicating other file-types within them, and how to theoretically extract (well, copy & paste) them via the hex editor, but I figured I wouldn't know what to do with the apparent MVB files even if I did manage to get one.

So here I am, hoping someone can offer some insight and possibly find out if the game contains more neat and/or cheesy songs like this:

Mask of Glory

(Kou Ohtani also did at least one tune for the game, but it doesn't seem to be on youtube. It's pretty neat too, as are some of the vocal pieces)

As long as I'm here, here's one of the several files which seem to contain the games FMV:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q2VQ2LMT
~140mb
FAR again, this time with "MVM" files. Like MVB, the Google results I'm turning up don't seem to be very helpful. I'm hoping these can also be figured out, with the hope that one of the movie files is a credits movie that can make clear who should be credited for the music.

Thanks for any help
by bxaimc at 11:32 AM EST on November 13, 2010
Ok, I managed to extract them.

On tracker:

-Heavy Metal Thunder (2005)(Square Enix)[PS2][PCM - Sony ADPCM][SS2]
-Aliens vs Predator (2010)(Sega)[PS3][MPEG Audio Layer][MSF]
-2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (2010)(EA Sports)[PS3][EA Layer 3][SNS]

Sony PS2 Streams (2010 11 12)
-Canaria (2003)(NEC Interchannel)[PS2][Sony ADPCM][GENH][unlooped]
-Finalist (2006)(Princess Soft)[PS2][CRI ADPCM - PCM][ADX - SS2]
-Gakuen Utopia - Manabi Straight! KiraKira Happy Festa! (2007)(Marvelous)[PS2][CRI ADPCM][ADX]
-Galaxy Angel (2003)(Broccoli)[PS2][PCM][INT - SS2]
-Kaena (2004)(Xilam)(Namco)[PS2][Sony ADPCM - PCM][VAG - SS2]
-Kaiketsu - Osabakina (2004)(Kid)[PS2][CRI ADPCM - PCM][ADX - SS2]
-Mikoma - Towa no Omoi (2005)(Kid)[PS2][CRI ADPCM - PCM][ADX - SS2]
-Natsuyume Yawa (2003)(Kid)[PS2][Sequenced - CRI ADPCM][PSF2 - ADX]
-Panic Palette (2007)(Takuyo)[PS2][CRI ADPCM - PCM][ADX - SS2]
-Pochinya (2004)(Aiky)(Bandai)[PS2][CRI ADPCM][ADX]
-Saint Beast - Rasen no Shou (2007)(Marvelous)[PS2][CRI ADPCM][ADX]
-Shine - Kotoba o Tsumuide (2002)(Success)[PS2][CRI ADPCM][ADX]
-Soul Link Extension (2006)(NEC Interchannel)[PS2][Sony ADPCM - PCM][GENH - SS2]
-StarTRain - Your Past Makes Your Future (2007)(Princess Soft)[PS2][Sony ADPCM - PCM][VGS - SS2]
-Sweet Season (2005)(Takuyo)[PS2][CRI ADPCM - PCM][ADX - SS2]
-True Love Story 3 (2001)(Enterbrain)[PS2][Sequenced - PCM][PSF2 - SS2]
by iloveyou at 7:38 PM EST on November 14, 2010
Thank you^^
by bcass at 9:45 AM EST on November 16, 2010
bxaimc - any chance you could work your magic on the ESPGaluda 2 [Xbox 360] soundtrack? Here are the bin files:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MXBT46DV

Same scenario as Guwange I think.
by Dais! at 1:32 PM EST on November 16, 2010
ah, I forgot to say - thanks, bxaimc! I appreciate you extracting those files.
I have to admit I was hoping there would be more "full" tracks besides the ones on the released album, but there's some interesting stuff I hadn't heard before.

Did you happen to take a look at the movie archive file while you're at it? It's okay if you didn't, and the movies themselves might be in some format that can't be conventionally played any way...
by bxaimc at 6:27 PM EST on November 16, 2010
Yes, i did. I included the opening in the rip. No credits vid in there though :/
by bxaimc at 8:35 PM EST on November 16, 2010
Ok, here you go:

Espgaluda II Black Label (2010)(Cave)[XBOX360][Xbox Media Audio][XMA].zip

And if you want to convert these to wav, you're gonna need the latest VGMToolbox release and set it to how I have it shown:



Of course, this can be configured to convert other xma files with funky headers. This setting (shown) converts RIFF stuff (btw you might need to play around with the block size of other RIFF files that don't cooperate and convert correctly. You might need to use 0x8000 if so) that doesn't convert after attempting to drag and drop into ToWav.....which reminds me.....You need to place ToWav in the "external" folder.

edited 9:21 PM EST November 16, 2010
by bcass at 2:31 AM EST on November 17, 2010
Cheers, all working fine.

Are you using any specific tool(s) to split the bin files up or are you doing it manually in a hex editor?

edited 2:37 AM EST November 17, 2010
by bxaimc at 7:19 AM EST on November 17, 2010
Yes, I used VGMToolbox :P
That's it.

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